I am sitting here this morning after a long and exhausting two weeks. Classes started at UTA a little over two weeks ago and along with the classes came the return of all of the students. Thousands upon thousands of college students, many of whom were walking into campus for the first time. And because of you our student leaders were there. Our student leaders were there to meet these new students, welcome them onto campus, help them move into their dorms, connect them to friends, invite them to fun events, share jesus with them and invite them into Christ centered communities. All of this is evidence of God’s spirit at work here on the UT Arlington campus. So I’m thanking God this morning. Im thanking God for a hard working student leader team that is as dedicated as I am when it comes to reaching out to their peers with the good news of Jesus. I’m thanking God for his divine appointments. I can’t tell you how many students we met this week who shared how lonely they were feeling, or how they had just prayed to God for new friends 5 minutes before one of our student leaders walked up to meet them. I’m also thanking God for your help and for your support and for your prayers in all of this. If I haven’t made it clear before in the past, I believe that God has a deep deep love for college students and that he wants to change the world through this young generation. I’m so thankful that you allow me to be here and to share in this work.
|Hayli and I at a recent outreach event on campus|
In order to meet these students, our leader team went to every event that UT Arlington and even hosted a few of our own. From dance parties, to free food, to candy poker, our students were at all of these events with a mission. Meet someone and share with them the same kind of love that God shares with us. Make genuine friends, and invite them into christian community. I have talked to several of our student leaders who said that over the last two weeks they got the phone numbers of over 80 students. And with a leader team size of 27, even if each of them only met 50 students, that’s 1,350 students who were met and befriended by someone who loves Jesus wholeheartedly.